Thursday, September 4, 2014

Submit your URCA Presentation to Posters on the Hill!

The submission site for the Council on Undergraduate Research's annual Posters on the Hill competition is now open!  Undergraduate students who have conducted original research in any of CUR's divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences) are invited to apply to present their work on Capitol Hill to an audience of members of the U.S. Congress.  The deadline for submission is November 5, 2014.  The application process should be relatively simple for students who presented at the URCA Symposium in the spring, since the abstract requirements are similar!  The complete Call for Abstracts can be found by following this link:  Please note that all AU students who have conducted research are eligible to apply, since AU holds an institutional membership in CUR.  Please contact Dr. Bonfiglio at if you are interested in applying, so that she can assist you in preparing the submission.

Monday, May 12, 2014

URCA by the Numbers

Did you know... the five years since the URCA program was established, students and their faculty sponsors have worked together to prepare 240 Symposium presentations?  These presentations involved the efforts of 254 students and 87 faculty sponsors representing 18 different academic departments.  Amazing!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thank You!

Whew!  The 2014 Symposium has closed, and I will declare it a success.  For the fifth straight year, I was blown away by the work that students presented.  It was clear that every presentation of the day was fueled by hard work and passion.  Congratulations to all the students and their faculty mentors.

Today I want to take a moment to thank a few people who are instrumental in making the Symposium run smoothly.

First, a huge thanks to all in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's office, who support the program financially and administratively.  This includes Dean Dawn Weber, who spearheaded the effort to start URCA five years ago, and who is the energy and spirit behind this event.  Also included in this thank you are Associate Dean Michael Hupfer and the Dean's Assistant Patti Brown.

Second, I'd like to thank the members of the URCA Committee, who worked tirelessly on every aspect of this Symposium, but who were particularly instrumental during the abstract review and revision process.  Thank you to Dr. Ted Avtgis (Communication Studies), Prof. Charles Caldemeyer (Art), Dr. Hilary Donatini (English), Prof. Fabio Polanco (Theatre), Dr. Michael Schwarz (History), and Dr. Andrew Trimble (Biology/Toxicology)

A tremendous thank you to Sarah Wells (Director, MFA Program) for her work in putting together the Symposium abstract book.  It is beautiful and professional, and Sarah does an amazing job with it each year.

Next, I'd like to thank several people throughout the university who assisted with putting on the event.  Thank you to Steve Hannan and Kris Kennedy, who were instrumental in the promotion and marketing of the event.  Thank you to Jim Misel and the Catering staff for their work in preparing Upper Convo.  Thank you to the Physical Facilities folks for taking care of the poster stands for us.  Thank you to Steve Suess and the Early Birds Word crew at WRDL for their coverage of the event.  Thank you to Brenda Rodeback, who helped facilitate several pieces of this whole puzzle.

Thanks to the faculty who mentored students, and to all faculty in the College who suspended classes for the day of the Symposium so that their students could participate and attend.  Thanks to all who came and supported the event.

And last but not least, thanks to the students from the CAS Scholars Program, Tri Beta, Comm Studies, and Psi Chi who staffed the front table for us during the event.  I'll close with a couple of pictures of their smiling faces:

Highlights of the 2014 Symposium: The Oral Presentation Sessions

I have fewer shots from the Oral Presentation sessions, partly because I worry about throwing presenters off by holding up my iphone during their talks, and partly because I often am too caught up in what they're saying to think about taking photos.  Still, I managed a few:

Here, Dr. Michael Schwarz moderates Oral Session I:

Presenters Lauren Fattlar (Communication Studies) and Barbara Mooneyham (Art) met for the first time at URCA, but bonded quickly as they both prepared to present in Oral Session II:

Also from Oral Session II, Peter Kobunski presented his work on lead exposure:

Here, Psychology student Samantha Diemer presents her work on aggressive cues:

Highlights of the 2014 Symposium: The Art

The art pieces featured at URCA are often my favorites from the day and are always popular with attendees!  Here are a few of the pieces that were featured during this year's Symposium:

Karly Beuck exhibited several of her paintings:

Barbara Mooneyham exhibited several of her sculpted pieces:

Marissa Uhrig exhibited these digital art pieces:

Highlights from the 2014 Symposium: Poster Sessions

What a fantastic set of poster/exhibition sessions!  Students from departments across the College of Arts and Sciences presented their work during these sessions, which allowed for a lot of interaction between presenters and attendees.  Here are some of the photos I was able to capture during the day: 

Psychology student Shanna Valenti and her faculty mentor, Dr. Mitchell Metzger:

Theatre student Kelli Lennox:

Psychology students Katlyn Grayson and Nicole Austin:

 Chemistry student William Horn:

Theatre student Kimberly Lennox:

Geology student Mitchell Ramsey with his faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Hudson:

Psychology student Shawna Brough with her faculty mentor, Dr. Curt Ickes:

Symposium attendees discussing the work of student Kelvin Stimpert:

Mitchell Ramsey discussing his work with Associate Dean Michael Hupfer:

Psychology student Mary Moeller discussing her work with Dr. Mitchell Metzger and Dr. Doug Dawson:

 Economics student Kees Edwards showing an attendee how to interact with his exhibit:

Economics students Kenny Bogner and Kees Edwards:

Biology student Rachel Farley discussing her work with an attendee:

Psychology student Shanna Valenti discussing her work with attendees:

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